These ABT Dancers & Their Beach Ballet Have Us Officially Ready for Summer

In case you missed it, some of the American Ballet Theatre crew are in the Philippines, preparing for a fundraising gala and performance organized by principal dancer (and Philippines native) Stella Abrera. While Abrera and her co-workers—including her ABT besties Gillian Murphy and Isabella Boylston—prepare for the April 7 show benefitting the children of CENTEX (Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education), they've also had some time to hit the beach.

But their time at the beach doesn't seem to involve lounging around with a book. Instead, they've been coming up with some pretty inventive ways to keep dancing (trading in their leos for swimsuits, of course). Check it out for yourself, but be forewarned: It's going to have you hardcore dreaming of summer.

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Martha Graham and Paul Taylor in Clytemnestra. Photo by Martha Swope, courtesy MGDC

The Graham Company Is Making Quarantine Magic With its Archives

Martha is having her YouTube moment. Who can resist the sight of the modern dance icon donning 3-D glasses for the Wednesday Martha Matinees, a marvelous hump day mix of vintage and recent performances? These are just one of many outstanding pieces of digital programming coming out of the Martha Graham Dance Company since the lockdown, which have also included the world premiere of Immediate Tragedy (a lost 1937 solo reimagined for the internet), company member Lloyd Knight's lively interviews with the dancers and a robust Instagram network of Graham technique classes.

This is not only Martha's moment, but Janet Eilber's as well, as she has been creating historical context for the company's work since she took the helm. Fans are well acquainted with Eilber's vast insights during her pre-show curtain talks, but now she is putting her Graham smarts to work in a way for us all to learn.